Author: Carolyn Brown

Review: Cowboy Seeks Bride by Carolyn Brown

Posted July 31, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Cowboy Seeks Bride by Carolyn Brown
Cowboy Seeks Bride by Carolyn Brown
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Western
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 06, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

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Book Description:

Book Description:
Rancher Dewar O'Donnell is a just an old-fashioned cowboy at heart, and he can't wait to reenact the historic Chisholm Trail ride with his buddies. The trial-run cattle drive for a reality TV show sounds like a great time - until H.B. McKay pulls up in her slick red sports car...

She's way out of her element... Haley McKay is a feisty, high-powered businesswoman with the power suit and stiletto heels to prove it. She's keen to research her company's hot new idea for a reality TV show - but mount up with a bunch of modern-day cowboys? Are they kidding? It's too late to back out now, so Haley sets out to prove that it will take more than snakes, storms, and stampedes to make her back down.

Besides, sleeping under the stars with Dewar O'Donnell could prove mighty interesting...


Lynn’s Review:
Dewar O’Donnell has met his match and her name is H.B. McKay.  You’ll fall in love with her when he firsts asks what her middle initial stands for.  And they’re in each other’s space for the next month.

Haley and Dewar are following the historic Chisholm Trail with a few men, some cattle and a bull.  It is an actual trail that you can check out on Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chisholm_Trail.   There is even a roundup in June and you can check that out at http://www.chisholmtrailroundup.com.  It also made me think of John Wayne – I can picture him as one of those cowboys that would follow the trail.

As they follow the trail, they go through a town that left me wishing I was there as a spectator.  I live in the East so I’ll never see that type of history.  At one point, the group has an interesting protein for supper.  My question to our author is “does it taste like chicken?”  The one thing I thought was missing was a map of the trail they’re following but if you go to the Wikipedia site, they will have one for you.

I found it interesting how Carolyn has the female character reading romance authors other than her.  I would have thought the simple thing to do would be to have her a fan of the author writing the story.  You then have to wonder if these are authors that Carolyn likes to read.

Make sure that you don’t rush this read, otherwise you’ll miss Haley’s nickname in school.  It makes me wonder when Carolyn wrote this story if the nickname or the initials came first.  She also has a great camaraderie going on with Coosie – will make you chuckle each time they talk.  Makes me wish I had a Coosie in my life.

In one point in the story, they have picked up a donkey named Eeyore.  Once he makes an appearance, he steals every scene he’s in.  In one particular scene you will downright laugh out loud.  Just be careful where you are because people may look at you funny – I happened to be in the staff lounge at work.  I would love to see how that would play out on film – bet it would be the scene-stealer of the movie.

The only disappointment I had was that once the cattle drive was finished, they didn’t take the same trail back – maybe something to think about for a sequel.  Authors have a tough job that isn’t always appreciated the way it should be.  They have to create a complete world.  They have to develop the place, people that live in that place, what everyone wears and even what they look like – this even includes the food that they eat.  The author even puts to paper what they like and don’t like.  This takes a lot of creativity to get that all done in a certain amount of pages and everything needs to make sense on top of it.  (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)

Review: Billion Dollar Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

Posted May 30, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Billion Dollar Cowboy by Carolyn Brown
Billion Dollar Cowboy by Carolyn Brown
Series: Cowboys & Brides #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on June 4, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

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Book Description:

Book Description:

Colton Nelson was 28 when he won the Texas Lottery and went from ranch hand to ranch owner overnight. When women started lining up wanting some of his millions, even going so far as to drug his beer, his family asks the lovely new ranch assistant to help out by pretending to be his girlfriend. They make her an offer she can't refuse, so even though she doesn't like it one bit, Laura agrees to help. Laura Baker and her sister, Janet, had been raised in foster homes. Though she was the younger of the two, Laura was always bailing Janet out of trouble. Janet thinks Laura should take advantage of the billionaire cowboy but Laura is getting to know Colton intimately and she doesn't give a damn about his money. True love isn't for sale.


Lynn’s Review:
This is a new series for Carolyn Brown.

Laura Baker wants out of Ambrose, Texas.  She’s at the Circle 6 working for her cousin Andy.  Colton owns the ranch and is also a friend of Andy’s.  There are some people that are acting a little strange.  For me, this helps me to turn the page – I’m trying to figure out why they are acting so strangely and how it affects Laura and Colton.

Carolyn shows her readers that not everyone is impressed with those that have tons of money.  Some people are happy with what they have – I’m happy if I win just a couple of bucks on a lottery ticket.  But whether you are rich, poor, or somewhere in-between that doesn’t stop you from falling in love.  It also doesn’t buy you principles.

One character that I fell in love with was Roxie – she comes across as a typical teenager.  I just loved every scene she was in – I just had to laugh.  I will look forward to seeing if Roxie will appear in another of Carolyn’s books.  I also loved to see the rapport between Roxie and Laura – it makes me wish I had a sister in my life.

It’s a book that I couldn’t put down.  The story just went by too quickly.  If you’re a fan of Carolyn’s, you will want to add this book to your library.  If you’re getting together a list of books you want to read this summer, make sure you put this book on your list.  One thing I also love about Carolyn’s books is that she always has me laughing at some point during the story.  And the good news is that book two, The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby, will be out in October. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)

Rating:  4 1/2 stars, Sensuality rating of 3 flames